1963 · Kobe
by Nomura Shoji Kabushiki Kaisha
Kobe: Nomura Shoji Kabushiki Kaisha, 1963. Large 8vo, (approx. 10½" x 7½), pp. 36; with 13 tipped-in silver prints (9 of them showing lumbering operations), and 12 color half-tones of wood samples; original orange cloth-covered boards lettered in white and gilt on upper cover; a touch of fading to the top of the front cover, one page loosening; all else very good. Prepared for the Nomura firm's 30th anniversary, containing much information on this lumber importer which was the sole Japanese company licensed to sell wood from the British Borneo Timber Company. The original photographs include portraits of the founding and current presidents of Nomura, and a 2-part aerial view of its coastal facility and lumbering operations. The text features letters of congratulations from other companies, a history of Nomura, and a few graphs and charts tracking the quantity of its annual imports, all printed on a flecked Japanese paper. The last section features descriptions of 12 types of Borneo wood with tipped-in reproductions of cross-sections, which convincingly look very much like actual slivers of wood.
(Inventory #: 49371)